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Inside Kenny Rogers' $3.5M Georgia Farm Which Has Inspired Much of His Music

Joe Akins
Jan 19, 2022
09:40 P.M.
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Kenny Rogers grew up poor, but he built one of the most incredible houses among music stars. The music legend bought a $3.5 million Georgia farm, and here is a look at the magnificent home that inspired much of his music.

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Kenny Rogers goes beyond being a musician, songwriter, actor, and record producer and continuously lives on as an entertainment icon. For the entirety of his long-standing career, Rogers chartered more than 420 hit singles across various genres.

Rogers had it all, fame, fortune, and skill that last a lifetime. He won 3 Grammy Awards and 18 American Music Awards. It is pretty hard to imagine this music star growing up poor given his legendary status. But, Rogers was once an ordinary person with just a glimmer of hope and dream.

Picture of country singer, Kenny Rogers and Marianne Gordon [left]. A view of Kenny Roger's $3.5m Georgia farm [right] | Photo: Getty Images || YouTube/Beaver Dam Farms

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GROWING UP POOR

Rogers remains a pop culture icon even after his death. He died of natural causes at 81 in 2020. The music legend wasn't only missed by fans but his family and colleagues who reflected on his memories in his biography "Kenny Rogers special." 

In the documentary posted on YouTube, Rogers made his last on-camera appearance before his death, and he talked about some of the hardships he overcame in his lifetime. He also recalled how it felt growing up in a musical family.

Country music singer, actor and photographer, Kenny Rogers, poses during a 1986 Los Angeles, California, studio portrait session. Rogers was promoting his venture into photography and the release of his "America" photo book | Photo: Getty Images

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In the documentary, which chronicles Rogers's humble beginning to his rise to fame, his brother Roy and sister Sandy alongside fellow stars including Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, and Little Big Town, pay tribute to the country music star. Remembering her beloved friend, Parton said:

"With all that Kenny has made in his life, he like me, was brought up very poor. We understood that world, and how much we wanted things."

A view of Kenny Roger's $3.5m Georgia farm | Photo: YouTube/Beaver Dam Farms

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His siblings Roy and Sandy spoke about their family's poor background. They recalled how the family struggled but, despite the difficulties, had faith that they "would make it through." 

Raised in the projects of Houston, country music journalist Robert K. Oermann said Rogers, at an early age, was aware of the difference between life in the projects and a few blocks away from where people had "nice sprinkler systems and a lawn." 

A view of Kenny Roger's $3.5m Georgia farm | Photo: YouTube/Beaver Dam Farms

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However, in a YouTube documentary that explores the "Coward Of The County" artist's Beaver dam farm, he confirmed that as a child, dreamt of having the automatic sprinkler he saw in people's homes. 

Rogers said the wealthy people's automatic sprinklers he saw as a child inspired him to build his golf course with automatic sprinklers. The music icon also revealed he sits on his golf course every morning watching the sprinklers.

A view of Kenny Roger's $3.5m Georgia farm | Photo: YouTube/Beaver Dam Farms

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INSIDE ROGERS MILLION-DOLLAR FARM

Beaver dam farm, situated in the hills of Athens, Georgia, houses a beautiful private estate with two guesthouses, four villas, a breathtaking main suite, numerous junior suites, and 6.5-bath primary residence.

The structure boasts a great size living room with a coffered ceiling, an airy kitchen, a dining area with top-class furniture, an exercise room, and its very own theater. Beaver farm is approximately 1000 acres of absolute perfection.

A view of Kenny Roger's $3.5m Georgia farm | Photo: YouTube/Beaver Dam Farms

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The land offers two clay tennis courts, an outdoor pool, a spring-fed fishing lake, a state-of-the-art equestrian center, and an 18-hole golf course where he hosts several highly publicized tournaments. In addition, every part of Beaver farm is a fantastic sight to see, including its walking and riding trails, waterfalls, and gardens.

Rogers, who is an interior decorator, amongst other things, designed the approximately 11 000 square-foot mansion. The stunning farm reflects Rogers's signature style, and it was an inspiration to many of the county singer's hit music. 

Rogers sure had a connection with the property, and when it was it was auctioned in 2016, the singer wanted to see the farm in good hands even though he had already sold it since 2003.

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A view of Kenny Roger's $3.5m Georgia farm | Photo: YouTube/Beaver Dam Farms

ROGERS ON GETTING OLDER

Blessed with one of the most compelling vocals in music's history, Rogers entertained fans worldwide with dozens of hit singles. However, in an interview with Prime Time Radio's Mike Cuthbert, the country music star, revealed that getting old came with a price of its own.

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Rogers notably continued performing way into his golden age, and while at it, he made stage performance and tours seem effortless. Referencing his energy, Cuthbert asked him to share his aging tips, and Rogers said:

"I had a friend who was 92. His motto was, "Every day I wake up on this side of the grass, I'm a happy guy." I think getting old is a privilege. We've all had our turn at life — now all we can do is guide others through."

A view of Kenny Roger's $3.5m Georgia farm | Photo: YouTube/Beaver Dam Farms

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But, the "Island In The Stream" star did mention that getting older could affect one's health, thus leading to a change in lifestyle. Roger revealed that he started developing different health issues as he got older.

He also mentioned how ageing could stretch one's vocal cords. But despite all this, he remained a fantastic singer till death.

A view of Kenny Roger's $3.5m Georgia farm | Photo: YouTube/Beaver Dam Farms

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AFTER ROGERS PASSING

One year after Rogers died, his wife Wanda paid tribute to the late country music icon on social media with a series of family photos. She noted that Rogers's absence changed their lives in her caption, adding that they will always love him.

The County Music, All of Famer, was married five times and had five kids before he died. Rogers was married for the first time to Janice Gordan, and the two had a daughter Carole Rogers born in 1958. 

A view of Kenny Roger's $3.5m Georgia farm | Photo: YouTube/Beaver Dam Farms

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The late music legend walked down the aisle for the second time with Jean. Unfortunately, their marriage only lasted three years, and they had no children before cutting ties. However, Rogers found love again with Margo Anderson in 1964.

The star had his second child ,Kenny Jr., with Anderson. Like his iconic dad, Kenny is an entertainer. He has appeared in a few shows and movies and produced an album titled "Yes — No / Maybe" in 1998.

A view of Kenny Roger's $3.5m Georgia farm | Photo: YouTube/Beaver Dam Farms

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When Rogers and Anderson divorced, he moved on with Marianne Gordan, who gave birth to Christopher Cody Rogers's third child before their divorce in 1993. After his time with Gordon, Rogers tied the knot for the fifth time with Wanda, who remained with him till his last breath.

Rogers and Wanda welcomed twins Justin Charles Rogers and Jordan Edward Rogers in 2004 after saying "I do" in 1997. Although Rogers had several broken relationships, he adored being a father to all five kids. 

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Roger passed away peacefully at his home in northern Fulton County, Georgia, surrounded by caregivers and his family. His memoir features a great deal of the musician's life from sex and surgery scandal to his poor childhood. 

Born on August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas, the country music star was the fourth out of seven sons. Famous for hit tracks such as "We've Got Tonight" and "You Decorated My Life," Rogers had an estimated net worth of $250 million.

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